Alice in Wonderland - Printed in Gregg Shorthand - Anniversary Edition
The 1919 "Alice in Wonderland" Gregg Shorthand edition with Shorthand Plates by Georgie Gregg conformed to the 1916 Pre-Anniversary Gregg Shorthand Manual. The 1919 edition is a hardback book with "D83" appearing as the printer's code on the reverse side of the title page.
Although some mistaken Lewis Carroll scholars state that the first edition of this book was written in 1915, based on the "D83" printer's code, it is absolutely certain beyond any doubt that the 1919 edition was the first edition. This is no 1915 edition. There is a mountain of proof to back this up. For one thing, every edition with printer's code "D83" lists the Boston Gregg Publishing Company Office on the title page. The Boston Office did not open until 1919. Also, the Shorthand in the "D83" edition matches the Shorthand found in the June 1916 revised Gregg Shorthand Manual, not the 1902 Gregg Shorthand Manual.
In May 1926, an identical hardback version of "Alice in Wonderland" in Gregg Shorthand was published. The shorthand plates and all other book elements were identical to the 1919 "D83" hardback version with two exceptions. The list of Gregg Publishing Company Offices on the title page was updated to remove Liverpool (closed in late 1920) and to add London (opened in late 1920). Also, the new printer's code "E-59-F-25" appeared on the reverse side of the title page. The 1926 version should be considered a new press run, not a modified edition. No changes were made to the Shorthand Plates for that edition.
After the Gregg Shorthand 1929 Anniversary Manual was published, this 1919 hardback version of "Alice in Wonderland" continued to be published until 1931. However, the 1916 shorthand plates in this 1919 edition did not follow the dramatically altered rules of the 1929 Gregg Shorthand Manual. It was a difficult read for students of 1929 Anniversary Shorthand.
In May 1931, the 1919 Shorthand plates were revised to conform to the 1929 Anniversary Gregg Shorthand Manual. Unlike several complete revisions of shorter Gregg Shorthand novels, it was not practical to rewrite the entire "Alice In Wonderland" Gregg Shorthand book, which included 154 pages of Shorthand plates. Instead, a few words per page were carefully changed to conform to the 1929 Gregg Shorthand Manual. The line endings, page endings, and picture positions were unchanged. On each page, there are a few shorthand words or phrases that were carefully changed to conform to the 1929 manual. In Chapter 1, the number of changed words or phrases on a page ranged from 0 (Page 14) to 11 (Page 6). In some instances, unchanged Shorthand does not quite conform to the 1929 manual. It was not practical to change everything to match the 1929 manual.
There are a few other differences between the 1919 and 1931 editions. The 1919 edition was published in a durable hardback volume, while the 1931 edition was published as a flimsy paperback. Many more 1919 editions appear to have survived in comparison to the 1931 edition. The 1931 edition has larger pages and much larger shorthand words and phrases, which makes the 1931 book much easier on the eyes.
The Shorthand Plates were written by John Gregg's niece, Georgie Gregg (b. 1895). Her father Jared was John Gregg's brother. Georgie Gregg married Louis B. Gingell on October 1, 1919, and they moved to Lima, Peru. She continued to write Gregg Shorthand plates for a few projects for her Uncle's company, but ended her position as the regular writer of Shorthand plates for the Gregg Writer Magazine after her marriage. As further evidence of Georgie Gregg Gingell's semi-retirement after her marriage, all of the revised Gregg Shorthand Anniversary novels in the 1930's were written by Winifred Kenna Richmond. It is uncertain whether Georgie Gregg Gingell made the minor revisions to her 1919 Shorthand Plates for the 1931 "Alice in Wonderland" edition.
This 1931 book entered the public domain when it was published. If a book was originally published in the United States prior to 1989 without a valid copyright notice appearing on the copyright page, that book immediately entered the public domain upon publication. (There are a few exceptions to that rule that do not apply to this book.) There is no copyright notice in this book or in any other Gregg Shorthand novels.
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